FG To Digitalise Civil Service Operations In 2016

The Federal Government says it will digitalise the operations of the Federal Civil Service in 2016 to forestall altering of vital documents by some officials. The acting Head of the Civil Service (HOS) of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, stated this on Wednesday in Abuja, when she paid an unscheduled visit to some Ministries and Government Agencies.

She said the visit was to monitor the level of staff punctuality to duty, especially after the Christmas holidays.

“It was necessary for me to come round today with some of my permanent secretaries when I observed the scantiness in some offices after the Christmas holidays. “The essence is to find out what is really happening,’’ the acting HOS said.

She said that though some officials were on leave but some were playing truancy, adding that every issue of truancy in the service would be looked into. The acting HOS, however, commended officials in the Ministries of Communication Technology, Power and Aviation who were punctual, adding that they would be considered for award.

One of such officials, Mr Ebel Phillips in the Ministry of Power, while speaking with the acting HOS, said staff of the ministry had the culture of coming early to work. According to him, the ministry has a disciplinary department that ensures that staff adhere to its rules and regulations. Oyo-Ita also took the opportunity to inspect the attendant register of most of the ministries she visited.

She, however, said that it was regrettable that staff records and other important information in the service were still being kept in files, adding that such would no longer be tolerated. “The system whereby records of civil servants are kept just anyhow in piles of files in registries which could get eaten up by rodents cannot continue in 2016.

“During my tenure, the records and document management of the Federal Civil Service will be fully automated,’’ she said. She added that this would help address issues of ghost workers and the changing of official records at will by some officials. She said that automation of records would also prevent officials from removing disciplinary documents from their files, adding that whatever was automated could not be tempered with.

Oyo-Ita added that the service was already working with its National Record Centre to ensure the full automation of records in the service. “Already we have a programme on the electronic management system that will be rolled out next year and we are also going to develop an archival system and a soft ware for that,’’ she said.

She stated that the office of the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, would drive the programme. She said that human resource software would also be developed in 2016 to address fully issues of ghost workers in the second phase of the Integrated Personnel and Pay Role Information System (IPPIS).

Mr Yemi Adelakun, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties who was in the HOS entourage, said civil servants would be adequately compensated in 2016. “A lot of programmes would be evolved in 2016 to motivate civil servants. “Your target most however be met after which you will be compensated,’’ he said.



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Head Of Service Cautions Public Of Fraudsters Using Her Name To Defraud On Facebook

The acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has alerted Nigerians of a Facebook account, opened in her name, and allegedly used to defraud Nigerians seeking employment.

In a statement, the deputy director media relations, Mohammed Manga, said the account neither belongs to the service nor its acting head?,? Ms. Oyo-Ita.

“The attention of the Office of the Head of Civil Service has been drawn to the false face book account created in its name and that of the Acting Head of the Federal Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo- Ita?,” the statement said.

“The false account purportedly carried advertisements for vacancies in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation?.”

He warned Nigerians to desist from using the Facebook account?,? describing it as dubious.

“The Account is a scam created by fraudsters aimed at misleading and duping innocent job seeking public”.

“The Acting Head of the Civil Service has no such account, more so the office of the Head of service does not advertise vacancies for employment in the offices as dubiously stated in the page”.

“The public is therefore warned to disregard the face book account and any information it may carry”, the statement read.

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Amosun swears in new Head of Service

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Monday, administered the oath of office on the new Head of Service (HOS), Mr Abraham Adeyemi, at the state Secretariat at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Adeyemi was appointed on Oct. 19, following the retirement of Mrs Modupe Adekunle on Sept.30.

Amosun urged the HOS to make use of his new office to strengthen the civil service and ensure greater service delivery.

The governor also urged him to build on the performance of his predecessors and strive to promote a conducive working environment in the civil service.

“Please note that your appointment comes with added responsibilities beyond that of a Permanent Secretary.

“We expect that you will use your office to motivate the workers to key into the re-building mission of the state government,” he said.

The governor urged the family of the new HOS to show understanding as his new responsibility would demand more time out of home.

Adeyemi in his remarks thanked the governor and the state government for considering him worthy of the appointment.

He pledged to do his best to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors and strengthen the civil service for increased productivity.

Meet Danladi Kifasi’s Replacement, The New Head Of Service

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday removed the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi and replaced him with Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, current Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology.

She is 51 years old.


Though details of the development were sketchy at press time, competent sources last night said that the new Head of Service, a chartered accountant, who hails from Cross River State, is to be there in an acting capacity, though the office does not require Senate approval but a direct presidential appointment.

This development came last night even as sources hinted that the president might consider retiring all permanent secretaries that have spent more than four years considered to be the end of the first tenure. Permanent Secretaries are entitled to two terms of eight years only under the tenure regime the Umaru Yar’Adua administration put in place in 2009.

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Why Buhari ‘Fired’ Head Of Service Kifasi

With less than two months to the expiration of his tenure, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Mr. Danladi Kifasi has been ordered to proceed on terminal leave.

Report gathered from presidency sources that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Kifasi who is due for retirement in December to vacate office in order to ensure that his administration adheres to the federal character principles as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

In a letter conveying Buhari’s directive which was issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal noted that Kifasi’s terminal leave was with effect from yesterday.

Although the SGF did not give any reason for the sudden removal of the HoS, a source at the presidency told our correspondent that Kifasi was asked to proceed on terminal leave because he is from Taraba State which is in the same North-East where the current the SGF hails from.

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